US Bans Laptops, iPads, 'Anything Bigger Than A Cellphone' On Flights From 8 'Majority-Muslim' Countries

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Passengers on foreign airlines headed to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone - including laptops, tablets, cameras, travel printers - under new Homeland Security flight restrictions that took effect this morning. As Axios notes, an unnamed U.S. official told CNN the ban was related to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and that some information came from the recent U.S. special forces raid in Yemen.

The list of airports affected: Amman, Jordan; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

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As we detailed overnight...

As The Hill reports, Royal Jordanian posted on Twitter Monday that “following instructions from the concerned U.S. departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited."

The ban does not apply to cell phones or medical devices, but does include laptops, tablets, electronic games and cameras. Those items can be stowed in checked baggage, however.

The Guardian notes that Saudi Arabia’s Saudia Airlines and Royal Jordanian airlines are among the affected countries; the full list has not been revealed to the affected airlines themselves.

The email – described as a “circular” – is not a public regulation, but airlines will be expected to enforce the new rule. Airlines were issued the circular on Monday and given 96 hours to comply.


The circular does not address electronic flight bags (EFBs), which allow flight crews to display diagrams mapping flight patterns, maps of airports and other digital documentation, usually on an iPad.


The lack of specificity leaves airlines in the dark as to whether their employees will be cited or otherwise punished for performing the vital functions of aircraft crew as usual.

Compliance has been swift: “Effective March 21st, the carriage of electronic and electrical devices inbound to the USA shall only be inbound in checked baggage except for mobile and medical devices,” according to a reservation agent at one of the affected airlines.

Royal Jordanian airlines tweeted a reference to the restrictions, referring cryptically to “concerned US departments”.

It was suggested that Royal Jordanian disobeyed the circular in part by making its existence known. (NOTE: The tweet has been deleted since The Guardian reported it.)

Saudi Airlines, however, just tweeted and confirmed the ban..

Makes you wonder...

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Tiwin's picture

Our government was complicit in 9-11.

All this security crap is just that.

Those who sacrifice essential Liberty ......etc

Ignatius's picture

So no "barrel bombs" on airplanes.  Damn!

What's Syria gonna do now?

MagicHandPuppet's picture

They forgot to add the quran to the list.  All versions, including the ones with pedo-porn cartoons illustrating quaran events.

nmewn's picture

Shit, I think its great! Everybody's been yacking about Saudi Arabians not being on "a list" they are!

Stiiiiiilllll winning! ;-) 


Gold...Bitches's picture

This just shows how fucking idiotic this whole thing has become.  So it's ok to ban items from countries due to a perceived danger, but not ok to do the same thing to people with regard to immigration here?  Fucking insane.

nmewn's picture

I can hear the dear, concerned, black robed commie judges now, Trump's stealing their property! Is there no end! Has he no shame?!

No, you 9th circus progressive pricks, you have to put in your checked

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Human Rights Watch is blaming Assad and Putin.

nmewn's picture doubt.

Here we go, I'm just catching up on my reading so I'm gonna tuck this baby right in here for safe keeping ;-)

NUNES: Would an unauthorized disclosure of FISA-derived information to the press violate 18 USC 798, a section of the Espionage Act that criminalizes the disclosure of information concerning the communication and intelligence activities of the United States?

COMEY: Yes[.]


COMEY: All FISA applications review by the court collection by us pursuant to our FISA authority is classified.

GOWDY: The dissemination of which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison?

COMEY: Sure, dissemination -- unauthorized dissemination. 

GOWDY: Unauthorized dissemination of classified or otherwise legally protected material punishable by a felony up to 10 years in federal prison.

COMEY: Yes. Yes, as it should be.

knukles's picture

So does this mean I have to leave behind my brand new custom made all organic gluten free Sheepskin Persian Fleshlight?

nmewn's picture

Only if you fly Air Jordan or Wahhabi National.

All puns & double entendres are intentional ;-)

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

It's cool as long as it doesn't have a USB port.

Automatic Choke's picture

i hear that hello kitty vibrators are still ok...

FrozenGoodz's picture

Because even the Gov realizes terrorists can only board planes from these countries ....

Manthong's picture

Wel.l at least they did not ban nitro glycerin suppositories over 3 ounces and 10 inches long.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This is next-level Islamophobia! What is going to happen to the millions of Muslim American dual citizen businessmen keeping this country afloat? Why not focus on the real terrorist threat – right wing white nationalists from the south! These people have already threatened to overthrow our government multiple times in the past!

Marine Le Pen Desperately Tries To Cover Up Her Antisemitic Past

Manthong's picture

Heck, we have been doing a pretty good job of leveling Mosul..

The least we can do now as patriots is to fund  the Sec/MIC to another few hundred billion and wipe everything south of the Mason-Dixon line off the face of the earth.

HungryPorkChop's picture

@MillionDollar:  In other words, the Real Terrorists are those which eat Pulled Pork Sandwiches?  ROFLOL.  Brilliant!!

Georgiabelle's picture

"...the millions of Muslim American dual citizen businessmen keeping this country afloat..."? Ok, now I know for certain that your posts are intended as satire. 

syzygysus's picture

I hear the pocket goat rocket is all the rage in the ME.

CheapBastard's picture

The tearrists are not going to like these restrictions. Maybe Abdul and Ahkbar can petition the 9th Circus.

cue in cue's picture
cue in cue (not verified) CheapBastard Mar 21, 2017 7:13 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Manthong's picture

I'm making over $70k a month working nights in my undies from mom’s basement. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to put up a web cam. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life and I am so satisfied now. This is what I do  .. http://watch me undulate

Manthong's picture

9th circus court..

I think they are too busy licking each others privates to hear this one.

zippedydoodah's picture

Baggage Handlers are going to get far more perks.

Global Douche's picture

It was done ONLY due to our Saudi allies selling off US Treasuries en masse. Of course, the MSM and their ball lickers won't say a thing. Just let the PPT and ESF buy all that shit up!

halcyon's picture

So not being able to take that laptop bomb into the cabin, but being now forced to put it in luggage into the cargo, is somehow going to change things?

This aint winning, this sounds like stupidity.

What us the whole point of this ban?

It is a mere nuisance.

Trump administration incl the concerned agencies have more important things to do (jobs, banks, immigration, criminal underbelly of D.C.).

Get on with the program!

NAV's picture

As usual, our masters use demonization to deflect the blame from the real culprit – Israel. And Trump falls for it. Trump acts in Israel's interests, when as usual, the culprit accuses the victim of its own heinous acts.

Israel Flagged as Top Spy Threat to U.S. in New Snowden/NSA Document | Newsweek 8/4/14

Israel was singled out in 2007 as a top espionage threat against the U.S. government, including its intelligence services, in a newly published National Security Agency (NSA) document obtained by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, according to a news report Monday.

The document also identified Israel, along with North Korea, Cuba and India, as a “leading threat” to the infrastructure of U.S. financial and banking institutions.

The threats were listed in the NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List…

GreatUncle's picture

Haha, been a wild ride since Trump got elected all this winning.

Can you imagine 4 years of winning, you will be voting for Clinton next time just to have a break from all the winning! /S

I do like Trumps actions though, by attempting something and then judges / politicians block it actually reveals who and exactly what they are and who they really support and it is not the population.

No Democrat should be unemployed under Trump's system with all the work to be returned but the Democrats call him out on wanting to block all the illegal immigrant workers. Very revealing ... got the same in the UK.

Snowflakes, you will take you welfare and EBT card minimal existence and enjoy it ... because it is all you are going to get and all you can aspire too.

Trump is the catalyst exposing it all, any you got the entitled on one side saying what I stole is mine and a population so conditioned to accept a minimal existence.



cue in cue's picture
cue in cue (not verified) GreatUncle Mar 21, 2017 8:25 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

gatorengineer's picture

I hope this too gets challenged in court and tossed.  Absolutely no SARC intended, if I could contribute to the legal fees of anyone challenging it I would.

I would love to see Trump proven right by an exploding Icrap over the central Atlantic.

lakecity55's picture

How about an exploding Koran? Bet they miss those.

"Achmed, I got through! with my special Koran!"
"Me, also, Ali! I left two computers for them to steal in my luggage!"

GreatUncle's picture

I can make the Koran fly like a magic carpet ...

That's is to "throw the thing out of the window at 30,000 feet".

It is a book of eternal war ... never peace.

Well I think we have had a better one and that should be adopted Sun-Tzu, the art of war.

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

They forgot to add the quran to the list.  All versions, including the ones with pedo-porn cartoons illustrating quaran events.

and his evil twin... the Talmud.

XqWretch's picture

yep... and my family makes fun of me because I take the train everywhere I go now. brain washed...

gatorengineer's picture

just dont go to Frogland or Germanistan.... They hit the trains there...

Fascal rascal's picture
Fascal rascal (not verified) XqWretch Mar 20, 2017 10:53 PM

Make sure to wear your tin fucking foil hat.

earleflorida's picture

yeah, we know that... and, now they know that?

what to do about it ?!?

fuck, if (jihadist of SA) were going to be blamed for 911, why not give them a taste of the real thing with real jihadist rather than 'oswald's'?

Notice: there is a 'RED ELERT" currently going on in the country and all the Kubuki Theater is just a red-herring to keep the public cool and calm, while these 'jihadist' are ferret'd out!!!

i hope i'm wrong...

junction's picture

Now the CIA and NSA can scope out all your electronic stuff and store the information in Bluffton, Utah servers.  And plant tracking viruses, kiddie porn and listening devices into your stuff.

lakecity55's picture

I'm taking the hard drive out of mine on the next flight.

It's gonna be in my carry-on.

sagramore's picture

Well, I have a perfect solution: the Queen Mary 2. Since I have deep-vein thrombosis (and I never take electronics over even a land border anyway) I guess it's not going to impace me.

BrownCoat's picture

Remember when someone hacked a United Airlines flight? Instead of being rewarded for exposing a vulnerability, the guy was arrested by the FBI. That was years ago. My guess is that the airlines have not yet fixed that vulnerability.

Nexus789's picture

Odds of dying in the US from a terrorist attack are apparently around 45,000 to 1.

Anarchyteez's picture

Too high for me. Ship'm the fuck out.

Son of Loki's picture

Tell that to the Orlando victims.

For them, it was 100%.

HRClinton's picture

Are giant personal vibrators still allowed?

zippedydoodah's picture

Well let's be honest. If you're going to take a big fucking dildo on a plane, you wouldn't put it in your hand baggage, would you?

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Well let's be honest. If you're going to take a big fucking dildo on a plane, you wouldn't put it in your hand baggage, would you?

a black silicone doble tipped monster dick?

nobody would touch your bag innards, and it is a great weapon...